After premiering his new film Red Hook Summer at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Spike Lee went off.
During a Q&A session, Spike went on a self-described “tirade” after fellow Brooklynite, Chris Rock, asked how the film would have been different if Lee hadn’t financed on it his own and was able to garner support from a major studio.
Apparently, that set Lee off, and he let his frustrations with Hollywood and studios be known.
“We never went to the studios with this film. I bought a camera and said we’re gonna do this motherf**king film ourselves,” Lee retorted.
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During his response, Lee said he never intended to take the film to a major studio because studios “know nothing about black people! Nothing!”
Lee’s been locked in a battle with Universal pictures for a while surrounding a follow-up to his biggest hit, Inside Man, which starred Denzel Washington. Although Lee said he was hoping to make a sequel, he told the audience, “I can’t wait anymore.” All of this has added to Lee’s disdain for major studios, and propelled him to finance the film Red Hook Summer on his own.
While some may have labeled Lee’s rant as “explosive” and “wild,” considering the conditions in which black filmmakers in Hollywood operate–either being ignored or marginalized–it’s easy to see why Spike Lee is so frustrated.